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Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staff (Assaults) (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: Between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009, there were 54,758 reported physical assaults against NHS staff in England. That figure is for all reported assaults and includes any linked to NHS employment including those that occurred while staff were off duty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staff (Assaults) (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: Any violence against NHS staff is totally unacceptable. The NHS constitution pledges a safe working environment, free from violence, for staff. Historically, we worked in a culture in which we were not encouraged to report violence. We are pleased that our culture is now much more open, and that staff are now encouraged to report such incidents. Training is a matter for individual trusts, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staff (Assaults) (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: Absolutely; I totally agree with my hon. Friend. Each trust and primary care trust has responsibility as an employer for its employees, and different areas of work will require different measures. Security guards are employed in some areas, and police officers have a function in hospitals. We have also introduced new powers to remove from hospital premises anyone-including those who have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staff (Assaults) (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: The hon. Gentleman is right to show his concern, but it is not for us to prosecute such cases; it is a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service. We do everything in our power to encourage such prosecutions to be brought, however-for example, we do everything we can to encourage evidence to be produced. We also want to prevent such assaults, and train people to prevent them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Administrative Tasks (Nurses) (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: NHS trusts are responsible for planning the activities of their nursing work force to meet the needs of their patients. It is not possible to collect centrally information on the proportion of working hours that NHS nurses are required to spend on administrative tasks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Administrative Tasks (Nurses) (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: I think that we would all agree, but keeping accurate records is a nurse's essential responsibility under the code of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the body that regulates nurses. We acknowledge the RCN's report, and that is why more than £50 million has been put into the health service to support the "Releasing Time to Care" programme, in which more than 80 per cent. of primary care...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Paediatric Cardiac Surgery (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: The review of paediatric cardiac surgery is making good progress. Centres offering those services will shortly be asked to submit their proposals for meeting the requirements to be a surgical centre in the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Paediatric Cardiac Surgery (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: The criteria were defined to secure safe and sustainable paediatric cardiac surgery services. Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust's outcomes show that it is consistently either at the top or very near the top of all performance tables.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: This is teamwork. We have worked together with Great Ormond Street hospital, the researchers, and the hon. Gentleman, and when we work together in this House, we get results. We all wish Zach, and his mum and dad, the very best.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (30 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: As I said earlier, it is not for us in the health service to prosecute; it is for the Crown Prosecution Service. It is for us to provide all the evidence, and that is what we always do and will always continue to do.

[Bob Russell in the Chair] — Patient Safety (18 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Mr. Russell. I am grateful to my right hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Barron), who is the Chair of what is undoubtedly a prestigious Committee in the House of Commons. The Health Committee has held many inquiries. I gave evidence to this one, and was pleased to do so. As a practising nurse for more than 28...

[Bob Russell in the Chair] — Patient Safety (18 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: It is very brave of the hon. Gentleman to go down that path. I know that across the river at St. Thomas' hospital there are quite a number-more than 50-of modern matrons. I challenge him to debate with them at any time to see whether there is agreement on that. Many women and men perform an excellent function as matrons across the NHS. The hon. Member for Guildford mentioned targets. We must...

[Bob Russell in the Chair] — Patient Safety (18 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: I will mention that when I draw my comments to a conclusion. My Department must do what it can to corral the interests in patient safety to ensure that each complements the other. As well as clinical care, there are other areas that the Committee said we must not forget. For example, there is no doubt about the potential for information technology to bring significant patient safety benefits....

[Bob Russell in the Chair] — Patient Safety (18 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: Or patients. Such incidents have caused serious harm or even death, and it is almost inconceivable that they would not be reported. They could not be covered up from patients. It would be totally inexcusable, and similar to reporting an infectious disease to the Health Protection Agency but not informing the patient that they have an infectious disease. I am happy to discuss the matter...

[Bob Russell in the Chair] — Patient Safety (18 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: I feel confident that I will be able to say yes to the hon. Lady. I hope to be in regular contact with her for some time, and I know that she will pursue the matter. Those clinicians, with the possible inclusion of pharmacists who have a key interest in this area, have agreed to take part, and we will ensure that it is the start of a wider consultation process as our ideas progress. I have...

NHS (Wellingborough) (16 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: It is a privilege to speak with you in the Chair today, Mr. Key. I thank the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Bone) for his kind words about my concern in this case. I compliment the hon. Gentleman on his diligent work in relation to Zach. He takes a keen interest in health matters and he has ensured that this debate deals more with the case of his constituent, Zach Knighton-Smith, than...

NHS (Wellingborough) (16 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: I hope to reassure the hon. Gentleman. Dr. Brock has also stated that if the phase II trial does not open in time for Zach in the UK, he should be able to receive the treatment in Germany under Professor Holger Lode, who will be the European sponsor of the phase II trial, and has done all the work on the humanised antibody in Europe. I am also pleased to confirm that Zach's PCT-it will only...

NHS (Wellingborough) (16 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: That is rather overwhelming. As the hon. Member for Stone (Mr. Cash) inferred, this is an excellent way of representing our constituents-working together with Dr. Brock, Dr. Gaze, Cancer Research UK and everyone who was so willing to ask, "What can we do?", after Zach's case was highlighted. Children who take part in the Cancer Research UK trial and the new phase II trial will join the many...

Stroke Services (North Yorkshire) (15 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: The funding is allocated across the county and I understand that the regional Stroke Association does that in partnership with local branches. We have always made it clear that the funding to local authorities is for three years to pump-prime services that they will continue to fund in the longer term. I urge the hon. Gentleman to continue to raise his concerns with the council, which I am...

Stroke Services (North Yorkshire) (15 Mar 2010)

Ann Keen: I congratulate the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Mr. Willis) on securing this debate. As always, he shows an acute interest in the welfare of his local health service, and I commend the dedication with which he serves the needs of his constituents. I should also like to pay tribute to my colleague and good friend, Ashok Kumar, the former Member for Middlesbrough, South and...


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